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Srinagar – Even as the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Omar Abdullah, was at pains on Sunday to reiterate his commitment to phased revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act as his “mission,” the official handout about the function on whose sidelines he had said it has skipped its mention.

Unless the officials covering the chief minister’s engagements at the Police Martyrs’ Day function at Zewan had hurriedly left the venue, the lack of mention of AFSPA even once in the official handout is intriguing. Omar had spoken at length about his resolve to pursue the “mission” and even referred to the army’s “public expression of reservations” over the issue.   

Interestingly, in their reports, most news agencies and reporters covering the function have highlighted the all-important statement of the chief minister on AFSPA.

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